Mozambique requests Portuguese assistance for strategic transport plan

5 July 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 05 July – Mozambique has asked Portugal for assistance in drawing up a strategic plan for transport and a management project for the public transport company in the capital, Maputo, the Portuguese Ministry of Public Works said Tuesday.

The request was made to the Portuguese Public Works Minister by his Mozambican counterpart, António Munguambe at the end of an official two-day visit to Portugal.

The delegations from both countries also discussed issues related to air, sea and road transport.

According to the Ministry, “a consensus was reached about most” of the terms of the review of the Agreement on Air Transport Services, in a meeting between the aeronautical authorities of both countries.

A second round of discussions on the revision of the Agreement, which is due to take place within three months, will look into the “standards community clause for taxation of fuel, as well as some operational and commercial aspects, particularly the capacity clause,” the Ministry said.

The two countries also signed a Technical Cooperation Protocol in which Portugal’s National Civil Aviation Institute will provide its Mozambican counterpart with technical support and work on training aviation technicians. (macauhub)